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Wanted: Yorkshire’s top dry-stone wallers

Wednesday 25 February 2004

ORGANISERS of a competition designed to preserve one of Yorkshire’s outstanding landscape features, the dry-stone wall, are inviting the county’s best wallers to show off their skills and enter a new but fast growing competition.

The Millennium Wall Competition, the first of its kind in Britain, was started as it names suggests only four years ago and is held every two years. In 2002, it had already established a growing reputation and the number of entrants leapt by 30%.

This year, the organisers – the Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild and the Country Land and Business Association, are expecting that the numbers will climb again.

The competition is unique because, unlike walling competitions at agricultural shows where short stretches of wall are built in a single day, judges tour the county to study “real-life” walls in situ.

Entries are being invited from wallers or farmers for walls built in the two years up until June this year. They must be at least 10 metres in length and be within the “historic bounds” of Yorkshire.

Entry details from the CLA at Malt Shovel House, Spring Street, Easingwold, York YO61 3BJ; claoffice@clayork.demon.co.uk; or phone 01347 823803.


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